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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to James W. Wallace, 26 August 1890

Date: August 26, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07940

Source: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:76. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Ian Faith, Ryan Furlong, Breanna Himschoot, and Stephanie Blalock




Camden New Jersey U S America1
Aug: 26 '90 P M

Thanks for y'r consideration & kindness send'g the cable message ab't Dr J[ohnston]2—I was getting to be a little uneasy—Nothing very new or different with me—am pretty well & writing—get out doors & down to river side almost daily—make my meals of fruit, bread, honey, coffee &c—

Did J. give the portrait (of self) to you in good order? (I dont like that Illustrated News3 one—it looks a little foxy)4—I send my love, remembrance &c to Dr J—in fact affectionate respects to you all—


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
James William Wallace (1853–1926), of Bolton, England, was an architect and great admirer of Whitman. Along with John Johnston (d. 1918), a physician from Bolton, he founded the "Bolton College" of English admirers of the poet. Johnston and Wallace corresponded with Whitman and with Horace Traubel and other members of the Whitman circle in the United States, and they separately visited the poet and published memoirs of their trips in John Johnston and James William Wallace, Visits to Walt Whitman in 1890–1891 by Two Lancashire Friends (London: Allen and Unwin, 1917). For more information on Wallace, see Larry D. Griffin, "Wallace, James William (1853–1926)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

Notes:

1. This letter is addressed: J W Wallace | Anderton near Chorley | Lancashire | England. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Aug 26 | 6 PM | 90; Philadelphia, Pa. | Aug 26 | 8 AM | Paid. [back]

2. Dr. John Johnston (d. 1918) was a physician from Bolton, England, who, with James W. Wallace, founded the "Bolton College" of English admirers of the poet. Johnston and Wallace corresponded with Whitman and with Horace Traubel and other members of the Whitman circle in the United States, and they separately visited the poet and published memoirs of their trips in John Johnston and James William Wallace, Visits to Walt Whitman in 1890–1891 by Two Lancashire Friends (London: Allen and Unwin, 1917). For more information on Johnston, see Larry D. Griffin, "Johnston, Dr. John (d.1918)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]

3. The Illustrated London News, founded by the British journalist and politician Herbert Ingram (1811–1860) was the first illustrated weekly news magazine. Ingram's sons William and Charles later served as the managing directors of the paper. The paper was published weekly until 1971 and continued publication, with less frequency, until 2003. A full-page engraved portrait of Whitman (based on a photograph by Napoleon Sarony) appeared in the Supplement to the Illustrated London News on November 30, 1889[back]

4. See Whitman's December 3, 1889, letter to Bucke. [back]


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